Success in your Martial Arts training

Why do some people succeed with their Martial Arts training while others never get anywhere?

Over the years of running our gym I’ve seen lots of different students coming through the doors. Many have gone on to be really skilled & some have been successful as competitors & fighters. Others have turned up trained regularly at first then dropped off after a while and are really no better at martial arts afterwards than they were before they started training.
What are the qualities that make the successful competitors improve so much while the other guys don’t get anywhere? Are they turning up for secret invite only training sessions? Are they taking some kind of new supplements that make them better than everyone else? Are they just genetic freaks who are physically gifted with superhuman strength, speed & ability to learn & use martial arts techniques?
The successful people had just the same access to the training sessions, classes & instruction as everybody else. They had the same amount of hours in the day as everyone else. The difference comes down to what the unsuccessful people didn’t do. I have seen many talented people come into the gym who would have gone on to be international competitors by now if they hadn’t done the following things to sabotage their own progress.

A – Lack of motivation & consistency.

As an adult its your job to motivate yourself to turn up to training so you can improve. At first everyone is excited about a new activity when they start doing it. The problem is that when the novelty wears off you need to be able to keep turning up & putting in the hard work. This isn’t a problem if you are just training for fun or recreation. However, if you have ambitions of one day becoming a black belt or a competitor you need to be able to force yourself to turn up to train even on the days when you don’t feel like it & it won’t be as much fun. This is the number one key to achieving success. When kids don’t feel like going to school they are forced to go by their parents & teachers. When you become an adult you are given a choice over what to do with your time however there are always consequences to the choices you make. I’ve never seen anyone improve who doesn’t turn up to train consistently.

B – Waste time working hard on the wrong things.

Spending too much time at Fitness First pumping weights in front of a mirror is really good if your only ambition in life is to take lots of pictures of yourself to put on Facebook. If you are serious about becoming a fighter or a skilled martial artist then its a waste of time. I’ve been doing this a long time & I would advise anyone who is serious about improving their skills to only do weight training or other types of conditioning if you are 100% certain that it won’t interfere with your skill development/ Martial arts/ fight training. People who devote a whole two or three days of their week to only lifting weights end up looking good but they don’t win fights.

C – Taking time off

Sometimes its just impossible to train due to life & work commitments, injury, needing to rest after a long period of training & competing. But even in those situations you have to weigh up the cost of taking time off against the benefits. Ask yourself, does this slight injury really justify taking three weeks off training & losing all the progress that I’ve made over the last nine months? wouldn’t it be better to just come along to class and do whatever I can so at least I can try to keep on improving? If a high school student decided to miss out on three weeks here and there very few months would you expect him to pass his exams at the end of the year?

D – Focusing on the wrong results & being too competitive.

Martial Arts training & fighting often looks like its just two idiots rolling around trying choke or punch each other. The truth is that its usually the smarter people who make more progress. If I turn up for my first ever Jiu-Jitsu class & manage to headlock one of the other guys I might be happy with the result & feel pretty pleased with myself. However, if after six months I am still trying to squeeze out that same headlock then, even if I can tap a few people out, I’ve pretty much wasted six months. Try to avoid relying on your natural attributes. If you are already naturally strong when you start training try not to rely on using strength when you are sparring. Try to use the techniques that you have spent all this time learning. Focus on working on your weaknesses. Winning & Losing in training means nothing, the only people who think it means anything are the same ones who will only ever be able to win in their own gym against their training partners.

E – Not listening to the coaches.

There is only one reason why we as coaches teach certain techniques & give advice to correct peoples movements & skills. It’s because we think what we are showing them will give them the best chance of winning in a fight. When we give advice such as ‘ keep your hands up’, ‘Don’t change stance’, ‘stop trying to bench press your opponent off mount’ its not because we are trying to withhold some secret advanced techniques that you’re not ready for. The real reason is that we want to avoid that awkward moment after you lose a match due to making a stupid mistake where we have to put our arm around you and give you the ‘don’t worry buddy, we’ll get them next time speech’. We want our fighters & competitors to dominate their opponents & win every single time they step on the mat or in the ring. Obviously this is going to be difficult to achieve but you have much more chance of success & improving your skills if you listen, try to understand & act on the advice given to you by the coaches

Article by Team Nemesis MMA Coach and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt Denis Kelly

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5 Benefits of Kickboxing for Women

1. Lose weight FAST


Watch those calories melt away as soon as you start training. Studies have proven that Kickboxing is one of the best forms of exercise. It’s high energy, high intensity and faced paced movements are just what you need to shed those extra kilos. Start training Kickboxing in Melbourne today at Team Nemesis!

2. Learn how to defend yourself
Team Nemesis is the home of Martial Arts Melbourne and we teach proper technique. We will teach you why you need to perform certain movements in a certain way and how to do them properly. Kickboxing is not just all about keeping fit, it could teach you the skills you may need one day to save your life. Walk away from each class feeling empowered and more confident.

3. Tone up and feel great
Kickboxing is a total body workout. Its movements utilise nearly every major muscle group in your body. Kickboxing will tone those legs, reduce your waist line and give you that strong core you’ve always wanted. Kicking and punching bags will give you a greater workout then your traditional Kickbox Fit aerobics style class.

4. De stress with Kickboxing
If you’ve had a long day at work and want an outlet for aggression then Kickboxing is the way to go. Kickboxing increases the release of endorphins in your body which can lead to a reduction in stress levels. Team Nemesis is the home of Kickboxing Melbourne. Classes are a fun, friendly, and a safe environment to have a great workout and learn some martial arts.

5. Feel sexy and empowered
Don’t just look great but feel great and confident that you know how to look after yourself. The best thing about Kickboxing is the more you put in the more you get out of it. If you train hard and consistently you will see great improvements and fast results.

To start training Kickboxing in Melbourne click on the link below. Team Nemesis offers Women’s Only Kickboxing classes every Tuesday at 7:30pm.


Tum Sityodtong Muay Thai Melbourne seminar at Team Nemesis

11264882_10152891203843575_6234879648162521422_nOn Saturday the 25th of May we hosted the Tum Sityodtong Muay Thai seminar. From Thailand, and currently residing in Australia (at SMAC Gym) he has taken on some of Australia’s best fighters and defeated them. He is renowned for his technical ability and ring craft. The day covered a wide variety of combinations and counters. The highlight of the day was definitely the clinch and elbow component where he showed numerous setups, sweeps, and elbow techniques. Huge thanks to the guys from SMAC and Tum for coming down for the seminar. Here are one of the Muay Thai elbow techniques Tum showed us. Stay tuned because we will be releasing more!

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Physiotherapy for Martial Arts in Melbourne

At Team Nemesis MMA we are pleased to announce that Quan Dang (Fightbody Physiotherapy) will now be operating out of our Fairfield location (23/44 Sparks Avenue, Fairfield). Quan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt and a avid martial artist with over 20 years experience. He has been working as a Physiotherapist for 15 years and an expert in the field of martial arts/sports related injuries. Online bookings can be made through his website below. http://www.fightbody.com/physiotherapy.html


5 tips on how to win your first Muay Thai inter club – Phillip Lai

164252_10151947789268438_2079069922_nSo you’ve been training for a while and have decided to test yourself in the fires of competition. You’re going to go through a emotional roller coaster of highs and lows in the lead up and on the actual day, but here are some tips to make sure you are the one with the hand raised when that bell rings.

1. Train like your life depended on it
There are so many uncontrollable variables when it comes to competing. One that you can control is your own fitness and training. Make sure you are getting into the gym on a regular basis doing classes, bag work, pad rounds, sparring, clinch and conditioning. Different things motivate different people but your will to win should surpass your will to give up. Run that extra kilometer, or do that extra round on the pads because if you aren’t your opponent definitely will be.

2. Listen to your trainers
You may not realize this but your trainer has been with you since the start of the journey. They are there at every class teaching, motivating and working with you. They know your ins and outs, strengths and weaknesses and are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the fight game. Always listen to there advice before, during and even after the bout. Tune out from the mindless cheer-leading “punches in bunches” from the crowd, and listen out for the valuable advice from your trainers during the bout.

3. Get a good nights rest before game day
Go to bed early the night before. If it’s your first fight then thoughts will race through your mind but its important to quieten down these thoughts and get some much needed rest the night before. You want to feel fresh and energetic in the morning. If you had to cut some weight, make sure you eat healthy even right before the bout. Don’t go out fueling your body with junk food the morning before the day of your big fight!

4. Stay calm and focused
So many different thoughts will race in and out of your mind in the lead up and especially on the morning and day of the fight. Studies have proven that negative self talk and doubt can affect your performance on game day. Stay positive and remind yourself that you have prepared well and are ready for this. When that bell rings and you touch gloves, remember to remain calm and focused even if  your opponent charges at you like a angry bull. Be confident in your skill and ability and stay focused!

5. Do your best
At the end of the day it’s just a inter club. Don’t get too caught up with what might or might not happen. Remember why you started the sport of Muay Thai? It’s because you loved it. Go out there and do your best. Win, lose, or draw at least you know you gave it your all. Leave it all in the ring with no regrets.

Written by Phillip Lai (Owner and Head Muay Thai Coach at Team Nemesis Martial Arts)


Why do people lose MMA fights? By Denis Kelly – Team Nemesis MMA coach and Bjj Blackbelt

Here are my Top Ten Reasons why people lose MMA fights:

1. Training with coaches who don’t understand the sport of MMA. The coach may be skilled in individual areas such as striking or BJJ but lack the ability & experience to prepare fighters properly for MMA.

2. Failing to fix the holes in your game & being too reliant on one skill set. An MMA fighter needs to be skilled in the areas of striking, takedowns & groundwork & be able to combine them. Focusing on only one area at the expense of other skills will leave holes in your game which will be easily exploited by opponents.

3. Jumping into professional level fights too soon without adequate amateur experience. Amateur fights are necessary to develop & build up your skills & experience. Its very important not to fight above your level too soon as a bad loss may be very demoralizing & affect your future training & performance in fights.

4. Failing to get experience in individual combat sports such as kickboxing & BJJ before fighting in MMA. Competing in other combat sports is a good safe way to gain valuable experience & develop your skills so that you are more well rounded & more of a threat when you fight in MMA.

5. Too much Sparring – Focusing exclusively on sparring rather than taking the time to develop your skills in each range. Making an effort to develop your BJJ, Wrestling or Muay Thai skills individually will give you more weapons to use in when you fight.

6. Avoiding MMA sparring – MMA sparring is necessary to simulate what will happen in the fight. Grappling & Kickboxing sparring will only get you so far. MMA sparring is necessary to bridge the gap between ranges & teach you how combine your skills.

7. Too much conditioning training at the expense of skill development training. It won’t matter how good your strength or cardio is if you are making basic mistakes which could lead to losing a fight & which could be corrected with proper technical training.

8. Neglecting your conditioning & hoping that you’ll be able to get by on skills alone. The fighter needs to prepare for the worst case scenario. This means being prepared to push the pace throughout the duration of the fight without being afraid of getting tired.

9. Not getting enough information about their opponent. Fighters need to find out as much information as possible about their upcoming opponent such as their strengths & weaknesses or how they have won or lost their previous fights. This information can give the fighter a huge advantage over the opponent.

10. Inadequate mental preparation – ignoring the nerves & pressure of the upcoming fight until its too late rather than mentally preparing for the fight so that you are ready to deal with the stress before the fight and calm & focused when the fight starts.